When you’re cooped up in the office all week long, it can get pretty easy to forget about keeping your body energized throughout the workday. What you might not realize is that sitting at a desk for hours on end can have seriously negative effects on the mind and body, especially if your job requires you to stare at a computer screen all day long.
If you find yourself struggling to think of ways to get moving around the office, consider these tips on how to boost your wellness in the workplace.
Take Snacking Seriously
Make a conscious effort to prepare your snacks at home to avoid giving into vending machine temptations or that box of donuts that’s calling your name in the staff room. Stock up on fresh fruit and mixed nuts to keep your energy up all day long.
Spruce up your desk with a plant or two! Not only will a little greenery give your workspace new life, it will improve your office’s air quality, reduce your stress (especially potted lavender), and increase your productivity. It’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health at home and at work.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
This tip is crucial. We often mistake dehydration for hunger, which leads to unnecessary snacking and an overstuffed belly. Not drinking enough water can result in aches, cramps and decreased productivity. Stick to one coffee in the morning, and then continuously fill your water bottle throughout the day. If water isn’t your thing, throw in fresh lemon/citrus to give it a refreshing flavor.
Perfect your Posture
Sitting at a desk all day takes a huge toll on your posture, so try swapping out your desk chair for an exercise ball periodically to engage your core while you work. If your posture slips your mind, set a periodic timer to remind yourself to sit up straight or stretch it out. Make a habit out of straightening your back and neck, and keep your legs at a 90-degree angle to your body.
Make Fitness your Job
Find a creative way to squeeze a workout into your daily office routine. It can be as simple as a two-minute stretch session several times a day to soothe your muscles and get your blood pumping. Even if you just sit back and take a moment to meditate, your body will thank you in the long run and your mind will feel refreshed! The TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre offers lunchtime fitness classes for those of you who want to hit the gym on your lunch break.
Keep these wellness tips in mind the next time you’re feeling groggy at the office. Regular fitness and a healthy diet at work will make a world of difference for your overall health, providing immediate and long-term benefits. Call 780.960.5080 or visit the TLC for more information about lunchtime fitness sessions.
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